Arkansas Crime

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6:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Legislature Weighs Human Trafficking Recommendations

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A task force on human trafficking on Wednesday walked lawmakers through 19 recommendations that it believes would help Arkansas combat the problem. Proposals include changing the way Arkansas handles undocumented immigrants, particularly children. 

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10:34 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Little Rock Man Accused Of Using Stun Gun On Deputy

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says a Little Rock man is in jail after he allegedly used a stun gun on a deputy.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says deputies were trying to pull over 35-year-old Marcus Venson Sunday night because he was suspected of pointing a gun at a resident.

Minden says Venson wrestled with authorities who tried to arrest him, then took a stun gun from one of the deputies. A report says Venson then used the stun gun on the deputy's face.

Local & Regional News
5:02 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

AG McDaniel Alleges Former Fire Licensing Official Made Unauthorized Purchases

AG Dustin McDaniel (D)
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is suing the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging she used a state charge card to make unauthorized purchases. Thursday's lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court also alleges Catherine Gray wrongly obtained reimbursements for personal expenses.

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Local & Regional News
10:48 am
Fri August 29, 2014

$30,000 In Sculptures Stolen From Little Rock's Riverfront Park

Little Rock authorities say three sculptures worth $30,000 have been stolen from Riverfront Park.

The city's Parks and Recreation director says he believes the statues were taken Thursday night. They're made of bronze with copper detail and were sawed off at their base.

Two others were taken from the same garden about a year and a half ago. One was recovered and the other was replaced.

The director says there is only one security camera in the park. He says the city will add more cameras, signs and lighting because of the theft. It will also trim trees in the park.

Local & Regional News
12:09 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Boxer Jermain Taylor Makes Initial Court Appearance After Shooting At His Home

Jermain Taylor's mug shot after being arrested Tuesday evening.
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Boxer Jermain Taylor is free on a $25,000 bond after the former middleweight champion was jailed overnight in Little Rock in connection with a shooting that wounded his cousin.

Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday. District Judge Wayne Gruber also granted a defense request for Taylor to travel out of state to train and compete in a bout against Sam Soliman in October.

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Local & Regional News
11:03 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Arkansas Prosecutor Says Mayflower Officer Fired For Withholding Evidence

A Mayflower police officer has been fired after a prosecutor said he intentionally withheld evidence in a tornado relief profiteering case. A police spokesman says officer Mark Winchester was terminated Tuesday morning.

Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland said he would no longer accept felony case submissions from Winchester.

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Local & Regional News
11:37 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Official Says Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Will 'Soon' Pay Up

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving a hearing by the Arkansas Ethics Committee last year that discussed his abuses.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

The Arkansas attorney general's office says it expects former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to reimburse the state nearly $11,000 for improper expenses "very soon." Darr owes the state $10,973 in improper expenses, which auditors recommended in April that he pay for misspending taxpayer funds.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that on top of that required payment, Darr also was fined $11,000 over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending. He resigned in February.

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11:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Search Continues For Escaped Pulaski County Inmate

Authorities are continuing to search for an inmate who escaped from custody as he was being taken to a hearing at the Pulaski County courthouse.

Authorities say 30-year-old Anael Castro-Hernandez slipped out of handcuffs and ran away as a jail transport van was being unloaded outside of the county courthouse Monday morning. Castro-Hernandez evaded capture Monday and authorities say he is still missing.

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2:59 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Suspended Jonesboro Police Chief Resigns, Reporter Rehired

Jonesboro's police chief has resigned three days after being suspended without pay because of derogatory statements he made on Facebook about a reporter.

Michael Yates submitted a letter of resignation Monday to Mayor Harold Perrin, saying he carefully considered his position and decided "the present circumstances dictate that I must resign my position."

Yates wrote that he allowed "anger and pride override" his judgment and wisdom and said things that are not acceptable. The resignation is effective Monday.

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3:19 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Jonesboro Police Chief Gets 30-Day Suspension For Comments About Reporter

Jonesboro's police chief is to serve a 30-day suspension and issue written apologies to The Jonesboro Sun and a former reporter at the paper for derogatory comments he made on Facebook.

Mayor Harold Perrin announced Friday that Chief Michael Yates would be suspended without pay and has to undergo additional training. Perrin also instructed the city attorney to review the police department's policies on releasing public information and to correct any deficiencies.

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